Dice Tower Newsletter

Spin Master Games has partnered with Wiggles 3D Games to produce and sell the retail version of 5-Minute Dungeon. 5-Minute Dungeon is a co-operative, real-time dungeon crawling card game for 2-5 players that plays in 5 minutes, and was successfully funded on Kickstarter last year with almost 8,000 backers.

The retail version has an all-new cover in a unique hourglass-shaped box and comes with:

  • 200 player cards (5 decks of 40 cards each)
  • 50 dungeon cards (40 door cards and 10 challenge cards)
  • 5 double sided player mats (10 heroes total)
  • 5 boss mats

As expected, the retail version doesn’t include the extra content added during the campaign (the Kickstarter deck, Baby Barbarian figurine, and 2 Kickstarter boss mats), but still has the same high quality components as the Kickstarter edition.

The game is available for purchase now on Target.com.

For more information and updates on the game, visit the 5-Minute Dungeon Kickstarter Update page.

Hexy Studio is breaking into the board gaming world with their first title, Star Scrappers: Cave-in.  This is a hand building and mining game where you are using your hand full of mercenaries to recruit other mercenaries, mine for crystals, buy artifacts, and even take over other player’s bases.  Each turn is simple in that you just go through the three phases, first is the beginning phase where anything that triggers at the start of the turn triggers, and you can use your leader power.  Next is the action phase and where most of the game will happen, here you will recruit mercenaries with ones you already have, mine with like colored mercenaries, or buy artifacts with them as well.  One interesting aspect is that any mercenaries you play are played in front of you called your base, with the top card being your leader.  Also there there is no draw deck so you have to recruit to get more cards back into your hand, or go on the offensive.  On your turn you get two actions, they can be two of the aforementioned options, or you can use both to attack a base, even your own.  When you do that the owner of the base takes their leader back, but then you grab the rest of their cards until you have a full hand or you have taken all the cards.  This offers a quick way to get cards as well as bring some player interaction into the game.  At the end, whoever has the most points in crystals and faction symbol collections is the winner.

The art for the game is great, and the reverse pyramid structure of the crystals means the cheap stuff is easy to get, but the real points are much farther down.  Add in a large variety of mercenaries and artifact cards and you have a solid game that plays like a deck-less deck builder.  So if this sounds interesting, head on over to the Kickstarter page to check it out.

CMON has announced a new game of gangster car racing, shooting and loot collecting, Gang Rush Breakout. In Gang Rush Breakout, 3-5 players race cars over a 3D suspension bridge board, trying to be the first to deliver their money to the boss on the other side. Players use a special dashboard to track their speed, maneuverability and damage. Gangsters can force other cars into obstacles, or cause them to drop their precious cargo, all the while outrunning the cops. Play is through a set of 5 custom dice which determine available actions, rerolled in a Yahtzee or King of Tokyo type manner. Individual cars have assymetric special abilities, and you can spend money for upgrades along the route.

Expect Gang Rush Breakout in stores on July 28, 2017, and you can read the official press release here.

IDW Games has announced the first board game from it’s new partnership with Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon Splat Attack! Splat Attack will be an all-out food fight brawl between teams, using all of the classic 90’s Nickelodeon characters. Expect to see Rugrats, Invader Zim, Spongebob, The Wild Thornberrys, Hey Arnold, CatDog, Angry Beavers, Rocket Power, Aaahh Real Monsters, Ren & Simpy, and Rocko in this food filled splat fest. IDW will host a panel about the partnership at the San Diego ComicCon on Sunday 7/23/17, and expect Splat Attack! to come to stores in Spring 2018.

You can read IDW Games’ official press release here.

Cthulhu Wars is the miniature war game with not so mini miniatures, and gameplay similar to Risk, but much deeper and more varied with different units and asymmetric player powers.  It has done very well since it’s release, sitting at #31 for thematic games, and has even had a Kickstarter to fund expansion content two years ago called Onslaught 2.  Well here we are with Cthulhu Wars Onslaught 3, and even more factions and goodies have been added to further expand this already giant game, both in scope and physical size.

For this campaign you can get the new Ancients faction, complete with spells and figures, markers for things like eradication, tons of new neutral units and figures, and even new maps to explore.  Basically you are getting loads more content to further expand the game and give you more options to play with than what you already have.  Also, they are including things like custom battle dice for each faction and the hardcover rule-book, updated with all the extras found in this and previous campaigns.  You can even pledge for EVERYTHING, plopping down $749 to get everything released to date of Cthulhu Wars, including the base game.  So if you want to invest in this mountain of plastic, head on over to the campaign page.

Subscription boxes are exploding; Loot Crate, Japan Crate, Hasbro Gaming Crate, Vintage Bead Box and more.  Each one offering curated contents based on the theme that you choose, and so Privateer Press wants to get in on the action.  This month they are launching the MiniCrate, a subscription box service where they will send you a limited edition custom mini every month, along with a collector’s card showing concept sketches.  Standard subscriptions start at $17 per month, and 6 month VIP subscriptions run $99 but come with the added bonus of an additional mini every 6 months.  They also mention that while the figures can be used in Privateer Press games, it’s main focus is to provide miniatures for the collectors and hobbyists of miniatures in general.  You can read more about the MiniCrates via their press release, or head to the MiniCrate website to sign up for the first box arriving in October.

Mayfair Games have announced two new card games that will be coming in September of this year, Run Bunny Run and Food Chain.  Run Bunny Run is a family weight one versus many game where one person plays the bunny, and the rest play the pack of wolves that chases them.  Each turn the wolves will be playing movement cards to try and box in the bunny, while the bunny will be moving relative to the wolves, trying to make it home.  In the end it’s a matter of if the bunny escapes, or if the wolves manage to corner the bunny.  This is for 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, and plays anywhere from 20 to 50 minutes.

Next is Food Chain, a game about out-thinking your opponents in a Rock Paper Scissors kind of way.  Each player has a hand of cards depicting five different animals, each being the predator of one other animal in a circle like Rock Paper Scissors; dog beats cat, flea beats dog, worm beats flea, etc.  On a turn everyone will simultaneously reveal a selected card, any cards that are beaten are collected by the victorious player and then the next round happens.  The game ends when someone is eliminated, and then captured cards are counted and whoever has the most is the winner.  So in the end, the game is all about keeping track of what people have or don’t have, and trying to guess what they will play.  The game plays 3 to 6 people, ages 8 and up in about 30 minutes.

AMIGO Spiel along with Freizeit GmbH have announced their next game, Carnival of Monsters, a card drafting game designed by Richard Garfield.  In this game you are drafting cards to acquire land, and then from that land capture exotic monsters and put them on display.  Of course you will also have to hire staff, but while they help you out, they are also working towards their own goal.  AMIGO has also announced that since Richard is a big name in the game world, they will be going through Kickstarter to fund the best art they can find, so look for that campaign to launch this fall.  For more information you can read the press release below.

AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH is delighted to announce the coming of a new spectacular from the creative genius that brought the world Magic: The Gathering, Android: Netrunner, and RoboRally! Yes, it’s Richard Garfield’s new card game creation, Carnival of Monsters!

Carnival of Monsters is a card-drafting game in which players collect sets of land cards which allow them to capture and display strange and exotic creatures, hire talented staff to help run their enterprise, and pursue their own secret goals.

Because we believe that a game like this from a designer like Richard Garfield deserves the most magnificent artwork possible, AMIGO is pleased to offer every game enthusiast an opportunity to help make this project a reality by supporting our up-coming Kickstarter campaign this fall! Keep a listen—more details coming soon!

Erik Winkelman has started a Kickstarter campaign for his newest board game, 21 Days, a cooperative dice game about surviving on a raft awaiting rescue. In 21 days, 1-4 players must hold together a makeshift raft composed of 6 cardboard planks, while placing dice on board locations in order to perform actions.

A logbook dictates the events over the 3 weeks, building a story and driving required actions. Survivors are represented by stacks of 2 dice on the raft. Events can cause planks to come loose from the raft, and survivors may become lost, but these events can be mitigated by accumulating hope. To win, at least one survivor must live by the end of 21 days.

The Kickstarter Campaign for 21 Days will continue through July 24, and is expected to ship by November, 2017.

Ares Games, along with Igrology, is back on Kickstarter with their latest offering, a bag building 4X game called Master of the Galaxy.  This is a 4X game where you are trying to build up your space empire, while battling others for control of key areas to get resources.  This game features bag building in that on your turn, you will draw resource cubes from the bag, and these cubes are what you will use to perform actions.  You will place them onto the board to form routes and take over systems to get more cubes.  You will place them on your own personal board, powering up you special ability to be able to unleash it on the board.  You can also use them to build bases, draw cards from the development decks, complete projects, and more.

The cards you acquire will give you more resources, and there are additional allies with special abilities of their own to use.    All of this is to get you closer to victory in one of three ways, annihilating an opponent, establishing 9 bases, or dominating a specific area like science, economics, or diplomacy.  So if this game sounds interesting to you, head on over to the Kickstarter page.